Antique Crow and Raven Prints

I came across some beautiful Corvid Antique Prints on Amazon. I thought I would share with all of you corvid lovers in case you wanted to get them, they are reasonably priced.

Raven, Magpie, Nutcracker, Jay, Roller – 1805 SCARCE Origial Antique Print by Abraham Rees

Overall dimensions of print including blank margins: 8 x 10 1/4 inches — 1 inch = 2,54 cm — Type of paper: Heavier, wove — Publisher: Abraham Rees, Longman, Hurst, Paternoster, London, as the Acts Directs — Legend to the illustrations in the print: Fig. 1. Raven, 2. Magpie, 3. Nutcracker, 4. Jay, 5. Crested Jay, 6. Common Roller.

Grip, Charles Dickens' Raven, antique print, 1870
Grip, Charles Dickens’ Raven, antique print, 1870


  • Caption below print: ‘”Grip,” The Late Mr. Charles Dickens’s Raven’
  • Condition: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Verso text quite apparent; Blemish in margin.
  • Size: 12.5 x 22.5cm, 4.75 x 8.75 inches (Medium)
  • Type & Age: Year printed 1870. Antique wood engraved print
  • Verso: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.
Both are for sale on Amazon through antique print sellers. Here are the links respectively, one and two.

Magpie, the folk band

Staying with the musical theme this week, I decided to look up bands with corvid-related names and came across a lovely folk duo, Magpie with Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I am a big fan of folk and indie music. So let me share Magpie with you.


Play one song here (click the little triangle below)

The Magpie by Magpie

From their own website, a biography of their band and themselves,

Magpie – Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino a brief biography

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of ’73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg’s VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

A Crow by any other name

Crow – Kråke

Pronounciation with an extra syllable – Kråkerøy:

Magpie – Skjære

This one is kjære – but he pronounces it wrong so it comes close to skjære

Raven – Ravn

An american tries to pronounce navn, he doesn’t quite get it, but its close. The r is pronounced with the tongue at the front barely touching the teeth.

Magpie (pica pica) Rhymes

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told.

One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a wedding
Four for a birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
Seven you’ll see the de’il himsel’

One for sorrow, two for joy;
Three for a girl, four for a boy;
Five for silver, six for gold;
Seven for a secret, never to be told;
Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss;
Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.

I cross the magpie
The magpie crosses me,
Back luck to the magpie,
And good luck to me.

Red-Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) 01, Wayfarer Retreat, Vijaypur – 29.10.07

Isn’t this a beautiful bird? This is a “Red-Billed Blue Magpie” and it is in the Corvidae family. Here is what the photographer had to say about this bird:

The Red-billed Blue Magpie is a species of bird in the crow family Corvidae. It is about the same size as the European Magpie but has a much longer tail.

The Red-billed Blue Magpie occurs in a broad swathe from the western Himalayas, eastwards into China and Vietnam in evergreen forest and scrub in predominantly hilly or mountainous country.

Food is sought both in trees and on the ground. It takes the usual wide range of food, such as invertebrates, other small animals, and fruit and some seeds. It robs nests of eggs and also chicks.

The Red-billed Blue Magpie nests in trees and large shrubs in a relatively shallow nest. There are usually three to five eggs laid.

Vocal mimicry is very apparent in this species and its calls are very varied, but the most usual are a grating rattle and a high pitched whistle a little like a flute.